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Read This Before You Buy CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (NYSEMKT:CVU) Because Of Its P/E Ratio

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This article is for investors who would like to improve their understanding of price to earnings ratios (P/E ratios). We'll look at CPI Aerostructures, Inc.'s (NYSEMKT:CVU) P/E ratio and reflect on what it tells us about the company's share price. What is CPI Aerostructures's P/E ratio? Well, based on the last twelve months it is 21.27. That is equivalent to an earnings yield of about 4.7%.

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How Do You Calculate A P/E Ratio?

The formula for P/E is:

Price to Earnings Ratio = Share Price ÷ Earnings per Share (EPS)

Or for CPI Aerostructures:

P/E of 21.27 = $7.95 ÷ $0.37 (Based on the trailing twelve months to June 2019.)

Is A High P/E Ratio Good?

The higher the P/E ratio, the higher the price tag of a business, relative to its trailing earnings. That is not a good or a bad thing per se, but a high P/E does imply buyers are optimistic about the future.

How Does CPI Aerostructures's P/E Ratio Compare To Its Peers?

One good way to get a quick read on what market participants expect of a company is to look at its P/E ratio. The image below shows that CPI Aerostructures has a lower P/E than the average (23.1) P/E for companies in the aerospace & defense industry.

AMEX:CVU Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 5th 2019

This suggests that market participants think CPI Aerostructures will underperform other companies in its industry. Many investors like to buy stocks when the market is pessimistic about their prospects. If you consider the stock interesting, further research is recommended. For example, I often monitor director buying and selling.

How Growth Rates Impact P/E Ratios

Earnings growth rates have a big influence on P/E ratios. Earnings growth means that in the future the 'E' will be higher. And in that case, the P/E ratio itself will drop rather quickly. And as that P/E ratio drops, the company will look cheap, unless its share price increases.

CPI Aerostructures shrunk earnings per share by 47% over the last year.

Remember: P/E Ratios Don't Consider The Balance Sheet

It's important to note that the P/E ratio considers the market capitalization, not the enterprise value. In other words, it does not consider any debt or cash that the company may have on the balance sheet. The exact same company would hypothetically deserve a higher P/E ratio if it had a strong balance sheet, than if it had a weak one with lots of debt, because a cashed up company can spend on growth.

Spending on growth might be good or bad a few years later, but the point is that the P/E ratio does not account for the option (or lack thereof).

CPI Aerostructures's Balance Sheet

Net debt is 32% of CPI Aerostructures's market cap. You'd want to be aware of this fact, but it doesn't bother us.

The Verdict On CPI Aerostructures's P/E Ratio

CPI Aerostructures has a P/E of 21.3. That's higher than the average in its market, which is 17.3. With modest debt but no EPS growth in the last year, it's fair to say the P/E implies some optimism about future earnings, from the market.

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